Welcome to my Puerto Duquesa blog

I've been visiting Puerto Duquesa three or four times a year for the past 20 years and have seen the area change enormously in that time. Where once there were dirt tracks and open countryside, there are now two lane motorways and apartment complexes. And whilst the area has changed and grown dramatically, it has still retained its small town, or should that be 'small marina' feel, which keeps me, and thousands others, coming back year after year.

Since I am currently in the USA it is a slightly odd time to start a blog about Puerto Duquesa, but the reason for doing so is simple - I may actually have some time to write some stuff! Most of the things I'm going to write about are things I like doing in the area or places I like going. Clearly I am not going to be able to cover everything, but hopefully I can give you a taste of what makes this such a special place and give you some ideas for your next trip.

If you can't immediately find what you are looking for, please scroll down and look in the blog archive (click the triangles to expand the list of articles). You might also want to start with these articles: Puerto Duquesa: the basics, Favourite (best?) restaurants in Puerto Duquesa, Puerto Duquesa beaches and Holiday accommodation in Puerto Duquesa. Want to get to know the area? Try A walking tour of Puerto Duquesa.

I welcome contributions, comments, criticisms and...well...praise.

If you want to link to me or you want me to link to you, that'll work too. If I think you're a good local company and you're prepared to part with a few euros, you might be lucky enough to advertise on the blog (which, fyi, is page rank 3 on Google - just type in puerto duquesa at google.com).

Thanks / Gracias

Chris (chris@cdgsmith.com) (March 2007)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

ViaPost - send cheap post from Spain to the UK

Sending post from Spain to the UK tends, in my experience, to take ages, not be particularly reliable and cost quite a lot. However, a new service called ViaPost, has recently launched and is set to change all of that. For just 27p + VAT you can send a letter to anywhere in the UK from Spain (or from anywhere in the world, actually) and the price includes printing (on nice glossy paper), the cost of the envelope, folding and stuffing, and, finally, delivery. It's very simple to use and simply involves downloading an additional print driver to your computer.

For any business owners who regularly market to potential customers in the UK (I'm thinking especially estate agents, hotels, etc.), this is a very cost-effective way of reaching the consumer and has so much more impact that an email. It's also pretty good for personal use - I wrote some Christmas thank you letters using it!

So for sending cheap post from Spain to the UK, this could be a good solution.

Duquesa update: will do this soon; lots to report.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Cheap international calls from Spain

I received the following press release today (copied below). Having tested the service it seems very good offering a novel way to make calls from Spanish mobiles:

2 January 2009, London

DialAbroad, the low cost international call provider, is proud to announce the launch of the DialAbroad Euro service in 8 countries. This new service from DialAbroad offers cheap, reliable and high quality international calls from Belgium, France, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Spain, the USA and the UK to anywhere in the world from just 4 eurocents per minute.

The DialAbroad Euro service has been designed to be simple and easy to use. To get started a customer follows these steps:

(1) Visit www.dialabroad.eu and purchase with DialAbroad calling credit securely using a credit or debit card or PayPal. Credit is available from just 5 Euro and there is no ongoing subscription or commitment.
(2) Confirmation of purchase is sent via email and a PIN code sent to the customer's mobile phone.
(3) The customer makes a call by dialing the access number for the country they are in (for example, 914 149 940 if calling from Spain) followed by their PIN number. Calls to the DialAbroad access number will be included in most "free minute" bundles on both landline and mobile phone packages.
(4) The DialAbroad credit balance is read out and the customer makes a call by dialing their destination number beginning 00 and then followed by the country code and local number (for example, 00 44 20 8497 8008). Once the destination number is dialed, the customer will be advised how many minutes they have left to their destination before they are connected.

Full rate information along with local access numbers are available at www.dialabroad.eu and wallet sized information cards can be requested by emailing enquiries@dialabroad.eu

Unlike calling cards and other account based services, DialAbroad Euro offers:

- purchase online with no contract, commitment or subscription
- make low cost calls 24 hours a day
- call from landlines or mobiles
- use the same credit from 8 countries - great for travelers, they can use the same credit for making calls in Spain, France and Ireland all for the same great rates. No need to pay for different services when visiting different countries.
- especially low cost calls to UK mobiles
- premium quality routing and no hidden charges
- excellent customer support

Notes to editors:

DialAbroad has been operating market-leading telecoms services in the UK and Spain since early 2001. The new DialAbroad Euro service ideally complements the existing DialAbroad services in Spain (DialAbroad Spain Instant www.dialabroad.es) and the UK (www.dialabroad.co.uk/landline.asp and www.dialabroad.co.uk/mobile).